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Stress-Free Week

Start your week stress-free with these exercise programs from the Health and Wellness Program at Southeastern University. campus, Page 3

Fire Fall 2010 Photos

Students, faculty, staff, and others worshipped God and heard from dynamic speakers at this year’s FIre F all. Pages 6-7

Arts & Faith

Students produce works of art and raise awareness about those who are suffering to express their love of God. MINISTRY, PAGE 10

Life in the Fast Lane

Southeastern senior Pete McIntosh has been a sponsored Gran Turismo racecar driver and private race coach since April and plans on building a career out of it. Sports, page 12

Commentary: Ashcroft

John Ashcroft presented astounding examples of why America is indebted to our original foundation and told students to value where we come from. People & Places, Page 11

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Fire Fall 2010


Beginning on September 28, Southeastern students gathered for a week to listen for God’s divine teaching and to experience His love through the Fire Fall revival services at Southeastern University. The idea of a series of week-long revival services can be seen at many Christian universities and colleges. It has been a tradition on our campus for some time now, and each year is new and unique from the previous ones. For three consecutive days, Southeastern students packed themselves into the Sportsplex, some lining up before the doors were even open at 6:30 p.m. The students were encouraged to come early to partake in some alternative ways of worshiping. There were hand washing stations where students could have a member of student leadership wash their hands and pray for them. Students could also participate in communion. There was also a large wooden planting box where the students could plant a seed, which was symbolic of their dreams, and pray over it. Students were in awe over the worship. During the beginning of the first service, at least 40 students went to the front of the floor in front of the stage. Showcasing a different studentled band every night, the worship

was powerful and compelling. “You could see hands everywhere. Even when you had your eyes closed, you could hear the cries of worship,” said junior Rachel McLean. “One of the things I really like about Southeastern is the worship,” said sophomore Catie Craft. Sophomore Nick Spiros agreed: “The worship was spot-on this year. It was just amazing.” There were two speakers this year, pastor Jeff Countryman of Victory Church in Lakeland, and pastor Goodie Goodlow from Mosaic, Erwin McManus’s church in Los Angeles. In past Fire Falls, there were many speakers, but the students seemed to like the consistency of just two people. Pastors gave time for the students to pray for each other, which many of the students liked. “The thing that most sticks out to me from all the nights was the fact that we got to pray for each other. Some people just needed prayer and it was good to be able to do it,” said Craft. The speakers were both into youth ministry and they taught accordingly. “You could tell the preacher at the night services was a youth pastor by the way he tried to keep everyone entertained and into what he was speaking, especially with the one-man human video,” said Spiros. The human video was a source

Students were inspired by worship at FireFall 2010, during which water baptisms like the one shown on the screen above also took place. Staff Photo: Annalee Cole

of amazement for many students. “My favorite part was when pastor Countryman did the human video to Carmen’s The Champion,” said McLean. One student said that “it was way more interesting than any other human video. I loved the fact that he made it as a boxing match. It

Students were encouraged to worship God in diverse ways at Fire Fall, including expressing worship to God through art. Staff Photo: Annalee cole

was a nice change from seeing the same Jesus on a cross thing.” The Fire Fall revival did not end on Thursday. Dawes and the rest of the faculty and leadership team called on the students to go out into the city of Lakeland for a service project to help the needy. They went to The Freedom Center

of Lakeland and worked all day spreading the love of Jesus to the lost. FIRE FALL PHOTOS For more photos of Fire Fall 2010, see pages 6 to 7.

Thomas Czernek (left) has his hands washed at the Cleansing Basin. STAFF Photo: annalee cole

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Campus Got Moves? Latin Dance Fitness Makes Working Out Fun


Health and Wellness is becoming a widespread theme throughout Southeastern University. Because of this theme, a new program has been introduced to the Health and Wellness program. Latin Dance Fitness, instructed by junior Emily Sprecher, 20, is gaining in popularity among Southeastern women. Similar to Zumba, Latin Dance Fitness is packed full of high-intensity cardiovascular exercises. These workouts are made into routines with Latin rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bachata, as well as hip hop. “Latin Dance Fitness gives people the ability to get fit while still having fun,” said Sprecher. Since dancing has been a part of her life since she was young, Sprecher is very passionate about it. “I also have a passion for fitness,” explained Sprecher. “I wanted to put the class together to share my gift with other girls and give them the knowledge they need to get fit.” Contrary to other workouts that require lots of motivation, Latin

Dance Fitness is easy to love because there is a pace for everyone, and you don’t have to know how to dance in order to participate. “It’s more exciting that running on a treadmill and it’s a workout with flavor,” said Sprecher. Since it’s a women-only class, there is no need to be embarrassed or intimidated. Whether or not students are interested in losing lots of weight, Latin Dance Fitness helps people feel better about their health. “It’s not about drastically changing your appearance as much as it it about boosting your self-image,” said Sprecher. If you still haven’t found your ideal workout, come out to the Student Activities Center on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and try out Latin Dance fitness. “What better way to work out than to dance while you’re [exercising],” said Sprecher.


A community of relationship growth, Commuter Life is a branch of Student Life that consists of nearly 800 students who commute every day to Southeastern University. Student Life is continuously making sure that commuter students have the opportunity to build friendships with other commuters as well as the residential student body of Southeastern. Every month, Student Life offers different events that help give a home to commuter students in Southeastern’s vibrant community. The decision to commute every day is based upon whether students qualify and have a place to stay in town. Some students live in the city of Lakeland, so it’s easier for them to commute to and from class. Other students have chosen to live off-campus for financial reasons and/or are older than 22 and can no longer live on campus. Commuters have many options to get involved in various school events. Student Life puts on certain events particularly for commuter students. An off-campus night chapel called Renew is held every Tuesday at Mitchell’s, a downtown café that serves soups, sandwiches, coffee and teas. It’s a great opportunity for commuter students to enjoy a night of worship, a chance to grow in faith, and get to know

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other Southeastern students. Various worship leaders and speakers lead the services in spiritual growth and worship throughout the semester. Southeastern also offers the opportunity for commuter students to get involved on campus through different events. This is to encourage and allow off-campus students to feel part of the college experience at the university. One such event would be their monthly Good Morning Commuter free coffee and breakfast. Commuter Life is also a great opportunity for married students. There is a marriage and family bible study offered through Southeastern’s commuter program. With meals, holiday celebrations or just meeting for coffee, couples are able to connect and form friendships through married life evening events. “We are actually in transition with this role within Student Life, since the previous Commuter Life Coordinator has stepped down from this role,” said activities director Hillary Demeo. “We are interviewing and looking to hire this position but at this time we don’t have a staff member in place.” Even though changes are being made throughout the commuter life program, the events that have taken place made a difference for commuter students.

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How to Resolve Conflicts with Your Roommate By Nicole O’Beid

School has been in session for a while now, and we are all getting adjusted to our new living situations. Whether you become best buds with your roommate or not, the chances are that at least once throughout your college career you will come across a problem with your roommate. Whether she borrows your clothes without asking, he eats all your food, or your personalities just don’t mesh, these problems, arguments, or misunderstandings can easily be avoided and taken care of quickly and quietly. Bethany South Side Resident Assistant Deborah Michel has some very insightful points on how to resolve conflict in dorm life. “The best way to avoid roommate conflict is to put all of each other's quirks and pet peeves and dislikes in the open as soon as possible,” said Michel. “Don’t wait until midterms to tell your roommate you do not like when she plays hard rock music while you are trying to sleep!” A wise thing to do firsthand is to establish boundaries up front. Tell your roommate what you absolutely cannot stand.

Also take the time to listen to what they have to say. Roommate relationships go both ways. You have to once in a while be willing to compromise to keep the peace. Communication is a very important part of resolving conflict with the people you live with, even if it’s awkward or difficult, said Michel. She also brought up a key element: pray and wait “It’s important to tell God your problems and also a mentor or staff member, who has had more experience with dealing with interpersonal relationships,” said Michel. You shouldn’t speak out of anger when a problem does arise. Like Deborah suggested, pray about it, then talk to them. This is a good way to not let your emotions gets to you and say things you will regret. “You do not want to talk out of built up emotions and hurt the person. You want them to be aware of how you feel and how the conflict can be resolved,” said Michel. When you and your roommates know what is expected of each other, it’s easier to be more considerate. After all, how will they know that it bothers you when they fall asleep with the television on if you never told them? With that knowledge, they can turn the sleep mode

on and an argument is avoided. “If you are not getting along with your roommate, try to find out what you are doing wrong. Your roommate's behavior may be a result of your own disrespectful behavior,” said Michel. She also advises against talking to other girls on the hall if you are having roommate issues. Instead, go to your RA or RD for guidance. It’s the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. If you’re being disrespectful and rude, they might be mirroring your attitude and motions. We can all learn how to be a good friend, roommate, or spouse by putting Biblical principles into practice. Ephesians 4:31-32 states, “Stop being mean, bad-tempered, and angry. Quarrelling, harsh words, and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving because you belong to Christ.” This sets an example about how to act when we are not getting along with others. Replace anger with forgiveness. If you really feel like you cannot get along with your roommate or suitemate, contact your RA or RD for roommate mediation or a solution to the issue.

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Start Your Week Stress-Free By VALERIY GUY

It’s all fun and games for the first several weeks of the semester, but with midterms happening, stress is no longer something that we only learn about in Introduction to Psychology. To our advantage, Southeastern has implemented a Health and Wellness program which offers various classes at no extra charge to the student account. Whitney Boggs, who is in charge of the Yoga and Pilates workouts designed for the ladies, has been practicing yoga for over two years and she’s excited to offer this class. The fitness program, which meets Monday and Friday mornings at 7 a.m., has gained a significant amount of popularity and Boggs has had to relocate from a lobby in Aventura hall to the SAC. “It’s great for students, because a lot of them don’t work out enough and some of them are really stressed,” said Boggs. There are stress relieving benefits to Yoga and Pilates. One of the reasons why Boggs began to do Yoga is because it helps her to de-stress. “I would get really stressed out in school. I’m a very anxious person,” said Boggs. “Yoga is really good for the mind and a really great work out and since I started it, stress is not an issue for me.” Yoga and Pilates may sound boring to those who aren’t familiar with them, but Boggs is passionate about the importance of these exercises. “It’s about working out and getting in shape. It’s very intense and a lot of people aren’t used to it when they just start the workout,” said Boggs. “The last time we had

Yoga, people were like, ‘wow this is harder than I thought it was going to be.’” There are some differences between the two exercises. “Yoga and Pilates are both strength training. While Yoga is calming and relaxing, Pilates is less about the mind and more about working out,” said Boggs. The exercises are varied between Yoga and Pilates. Students can experience both of these exercises and stretch every muscle. “If we got bored of Yoga, we can do Pilates; if we got bored of Pilates, we can do Yoga, and it’s been great so far,” Boggs said. Currently the class is based on a video series of Power Yoga. “It’s about strength training, getting your mind calm, and detoxifying,” Boggs said. Spirituality is a vital aspect of this meditation-based exercise and Boggs believes that we should direct our worship to our Creator in everything that we do. “God provides a way for us a way to relax and get fit through breathing and through exercising,” said Boggs.

The idea behind stretching on the mat so early in the morning is to start the day off right. “It’s a great way to start your day off in the morning. In the evening we’re too tired and we don’t want to work out,,” Boggs said. “Getting it done in the morning allows us to make good decisions all day long.” Boggs believes that exercising on Monday is vital to beginning the week off right and Friday is the perfect time to de-stress. “It’s really a great workout for everyone: athletes can do it, and anybody who is just stressed out can do it,” said Boggs. Comfortable clothes are recommended and those who are serious should invest in a good mat; however, mats are available for use in the SAC. No other equipment is needed since body weight and resistance are the main components of yoga and pilates. Boggs is encouraging the ladies to attend and benefit from the de-stressing exercises of Power Yoga. The class is open to ladies of all ages and meets in the SAC every Monday and Friday from 7-8 a.m.

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As students at Southeastern University, we all come and go at different times. Whether a student is here for a semester, for four years, or decides to do the “super senior” route, they should have fun and get involved. There are things that the surrounding community and the Southeastern campus have to offer to help make the most out of their time here. Southeastern junior Courtney Aperfine thinks that it’s beneficial for students to get involved on campus as well as in the community of Lakeland. “I think it’s important to make the most of your time here,” said Aperfine. “There are certain unique things that only Lakeland has to offer,” said 2008 graduate Lauren Budd. “I think students should make an effort to do as many easy, care-free, fun things that they can before they graduate.” After interviewing some students and doing some research, here’s a list of some of those “fun, easy, care-free” activities to do on-and-off campus. SEU Bucket List (complete in no specific order) •Eat a gyro from Salem’s Gyros & Subs •Go to Dinosaur World

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•Get a treat from Twistee Treat •Attend a hall event •Get some friends together for a Scavenger Hunt at Wal-Mart •Attend a Hunger & Thirst •Visit the Taco Xpress Taqueria Mexicana Restaurant located on Bartow Road (Also known as the Taco Truck) •Get involved with a group on campus, such as Residential Life, Student Body Leadership Council (SBLC), WSEU Radio, The Department of Spiritual Formation (DSF), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), or The Southeastern Times •Drive through and get a refreshment from Beverage Castle •Join an intramural team •Go to a prayer meeting •Get dressed up with friends and go to Downtown Disney. •Spend a Saturday working with a community outreach like Troxel House or Lighthouse Ministries. •Walk around Lake Hollingsworth at dusk •Attend a theater show put on by Southeastern •Spend a day at the beach •Attend a SEU sport event •Go see a movie at Silver Moon Drive-In on 92 Get friends together, sit down and make your own list of things to do before you graduate. “After you graduate you don’t want to look back at all the things you wish you would have done,” said Budd. “Have some fun.”

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How to Survive Midterms

By alex downing

Midterms are upon us once again at Southeastern University. It’s time for a week of sleepless nights, sweatpants, and stress. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Every subject has its little quirks and difficulties, but if you have some specific study methods, you will be more prepared for your test. Calculus, Algebra and Quantitative Methods can be horrors, especially in test format. ACE facilitator and senior Samantha Staples had some wonderful tips about preparing for math midterms. “The best way to study for any math test is by practicing the examples from the text and the exercise problems,” said Staples. Instead of memorizing formulas, she suggests trying to understand how they work. Another method that has been beneficial to Staples and that she would recommend is studying in group setting. “If you are solving a particularly difficult problem or trying to prove a particularly difficult theorem, you can get input from your classmates

and obtain the solution together,” she said. Going into the test, Staples suggests using the blank spaces to write down formulas you need to remember before you even start. “This might help you organize your thoughts,” she explained. Of all the dreaded math questions, word problems seem to pose the most trouble on tests. Some steps to attacking these are important to have in mind when you go in to take your test. “It is important to read the problem thoroughly and separate the information that is necessary to solve the problem from the information that is unnecessary,” said Staples. “Then identify the unknown value that the problem is asking you to find. Look for certain words in the problem that will give you a clue as to what mathematical operation you are going to use, and finally, translate the words into numbers.” If the only numbers on your midterms will be the numbers of the questions, Katie Waddell, an English facilitator at ACE, has some helpful hints for you as well. “I suggest making an outline

of the main points, characters and themes of the stories you read,” said Waddell. This is especially helpful for literature classes with many stories or readings to remember for a test. During the test, there are certain methods to help you make the most of your time. “If you don’t remember a question, skip it and come back,” said Waddell. Sometimes an answer for one question can be found in the rest of the material of the test if you look and read carefully. For written tests, the best thing to do is collect your thoughts beforehand. “If you’re writing an essay, make an outline on an extra sheet of paper and include an intro and conclusion, like any other essay,” said Waddell. For the subjects that require lots of memorization, such as language or history, Caleb McGee, history and Greek facilitator at ACE, said to go for the flashcards. “When one works with a foreign language, like Greek, repetition is pivotal,” he said. Remembering dates and events

in the correct order is an important part of studying for history exams or other exams like psychology that might require the memorization of terms and theories. “Keeping a timeline in your mind is very helpful,” said McGee, offering both a good way to study beforehand and a tool for use during the test. Aside from studying, you can prepare for midterms in many non-academic ways as well. Waddell recommends relaxing and taking a break from your studying. “Do whatever puts you at ease, whether that’s a quiet night of prayer or a fun night out with your friends,” she said. McGee recommends getting some rest. “Sleep is really important,” he said. “If your mind is tired then you will not perform well on the test.” “Make sure you get enough rest,” said Staples. “There is nothing wrong with studying the night before, but don’t stay up too late studying.” Even though the “Eat a good

breakfast!” slogan might be something you only associate with 4th grade FCAT week, the fact is that eating helps get your mind in gear. “Your mind is clearer when you have food in your system,” said Staples. “And you can even do a little last-minute studying while you eat!” Finally, doing well on midterms really comes down to two things: effort and prayer. “It is not as if we as Christians do not study and then expect God to magically give us the answers,” McGee said. “However, after we have studied we ask God to help us recall the things that we have worked on, and bless our efforts.” SP


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City Limits Drama Reaches Thousands

By Amanda Molina

Imagine yourself, eyes wide open, sitting in an audience of over a thousand people huddled on the edge of your seat as one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring productions to hit Central Florida concludes its final scene. After the applause has subsided, the show’s writer, producer, and director, Pastor Jeffery Smith, asks the most important question concerning human life that anyone can ask: “Do you want to know Jesus today?” As you look around the room, hundreds and hundreds of people gather to the pulpit to give their lives to Christ. Blink: the Door is a production based off of actual events presented by City of Life Church in Kissimmee, Florida. It’s the fifth installment of a long-anticipated series. The show’s web site, blinkthedoor. com, states, “Blink: The Door brings to light the sobering reality of eternity using unparalleled special effects, film, live action, cutting-edge technology, and a cast and crew of over 300 volunteers.” Southeastern University students and alumni have taken part in holding roles for the show and are core volunteers for the production. Southeastern Alumni Justin and Amanda McNeil are cast as actors in the production. Justin plays Satan and an angel named Malachi. Off-campus students Isaac Anthony, Rossanna Mercedes and Paul Smith hold major roles. Kayla Sullivan is the stage manager and Connie Siu works backstage. Jessica Molina, an on-campus student, and Brittany Couture are dancers in the production and Will Smith, an SEU student, plays Jesus Christ in the final scene. The show ended September

Fall Break Offers Day of Rest By Rebekah Renko

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26 and inspired many. The cost was free unless you want to purchase preferred seating. Three hours before the show started the line was already over 300 people long. By the time the show began, the 1,200-seat church was packed to the brim and staff had to unfortunately turn away over 800 people. The impact that this show is making is phenomenal in many ways. “Our goal is 5,000 souls and things are looking very good for that goal,” said Justin McNeil. “Not only are masses of people being

saved, but the individual stories are compelling. Estranged husbands are coming home, former prisonmates re-encounter one another at the altar, children are bringing their parents.” “It is an incredible show,” said actress Rossanna Mercedes. “In its first weekend over 3,000 people committed their lives to Christ.” The show itself is a ministry geared towards nonbelievers, but it appeals to Christians as well, because it’s a wakeup call to the realities of the spiritual world. Cast dancer Jessica Molina said, “It has made me feel more of a

passion for those who do not know Christ.” There is incredible spiritual growth taking place in the cast as well as the audience. “God has really rocked my world,” said Kayla Sullivan. “I have seen some of my stage hands, who are pretty tough people, break down and cry because friends they never thought would get saved got saved.” Only a short drive away to Kissimmee, City of Life Church’s Blink: The Door is ministry that is changing the hearts of Central Florida residents.

It’s that time of the semester when anticipation of Thanksgiving begins to set in and lethargy becomes quite the temptress. Thankfully, Fall Break is just around the corner on Oct. 22, right in time to provide a refreshing relapse to the many diligent, albeit exhausted, students who are in need of sleep and time away from the books. “Fall Break is essential to the renewing of our minds to keep persevering, to press on,” said junior Lauren Paul. Paul is choosing to visit home this break and relax with family. Though home is the destination for many students during the long weekend, exciting opportunities are taking place close to Lakeland for those who can’t get away just yet. Various weekend activities include visiting either Universal Studios, Disney World or SeaWorld’s Halloween attractions for a spooky adventure, attending the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, or taking a day trip to one of the beautiful Florida beaches. If money is tight this time of year or staying in Lakeland is the more practical option, try preparing a picnic to enjoy with friends at Saddle Creek Park or taking a tour of the Polk Museum of Art to get a dose of creative inspiration (for free). If you just need some time alone, try some of these activities on your own. “[Fall Break] should be full of rest,” said junior Amy Wesley. Whatever you choose to fill your Fall Break with, make sure to relax and enjoy the breather.

Where the Wild Ks Are


Students involved in the Southeastern University chapter of Circle K International represented the university at the state-wide IDEAS Conference in Gainesville this month. The IDEAS Conference is an annual event that inspires ideas for community service projects, hosts leadership workshops and allows students to socialize with other members from Circle K International, the college division of the volunteer and community outreach group Kiwanis. The conference took place October 1-3 at Santa Fe College. Other schools in attendance included University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, and University of Central Florida.

IDEAS Conference combines serving the community with a fun atmosphere that students look forward to each year. Although only three students from SEU were in attendance this year, they learned about finding service projects so they could “come back and better serve the community and university,” said Kiwanis member Matthew Cantrall, who oversees the Southeastern chapter. Those students were club president Yucleidis Melendez, club historian Michelle Kolakowski, and member Melissa Smith. “This will be my first time going to the conference,” said Smith. “I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun with my fellow CKI members and also to learn new things to becoming a great leader in Christ and to better help our community in many different ways.”

The theme of this year’s conference, “Where the Wild Ks Are,” was based off the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and included events such as a Halloween costume party, a barbeque, and the first IDEAS Conference campout. “I love all the IDEAS conferences because each year is a different theme and experience. Every year I learn new things that benefit our club,” said Melendez. Students also do a service project at each conference, such as handing out blankets in shelters at last year’s Vegas-themed conference. Previous service projects brought back to campus from the IDEAS Conference include serving in homeless shelters and working with underprivileged children in daycares around the holiday season.

Students may still sign up to become a part of Circle K. The club has many service projects planned for this semester, such as serving at Talbot House Ministries and collaborating with the Freedom Center. There will also be a district convention in February. For more information, contact Yucleidis Melendez at

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Amway Center Grand Opening in Orlando

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The Grand Opening of the Amway Center took place on October 1, 2010. Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, the Amway Center is the most technologically advanced building in North America. The Amway Center

is a landmark that can even be admired by commuters on Interstate 4. The Amway Center more than doubles the size of the former Orlando Magic arena, the Amway Arena. The Amway Center is a whopping 875,000 sqaure feet as opposed to the Amway Arena’s 367,000 square

feet. The Amway Center even features an exterior LED screen 46 feet high by 56 feet wide on the south end of the building, facing motorists on Interstate 4. The Amway Center is the new home of the Orlando Magic basketball team and the Orlando Predators arena football team.

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights By Taja scott

Experiencing 20 years of fear with eight new haunted houses, six new scare zones and two live shows, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most popular events around this time of year. These structures are temporarily set up specifically for this event. In addition, Universal has set up “scare zones” throughout the dimly lit areas with a variety of special effects like dry ice and strobe lights. There are a number of creatures walking around waiting to chase you throughout the park. This years’ Halloween Horror Nights XX is about Fear himself. He is a master of disguise in everything that has ever been at Halloween Horror Nights. Fear is a clown, storyteller, a caretaker, a director, an usher…and you. For 24 nights of fun beginning September 24 and running through October 31, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is revealing an experience of fear that no one has ever seen before. Halloween Horror Nights XX is not an anniversary event. It may share glimpses of the familiar but they may not look the same as the guests before, which will quickly give way to the new guests of Halloween Horror Nights.

This event draws hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world. Halloween Horror Nights is a one-of-a-kind event that many people would want to be a part of. It’s mostly geared towards teens and adults due to the theme and tone of the event. If you enjoy haunted houses and are comfortable enough to watch horror films, then this event will be great for you. Students who have been to Halloween Horror Nights in the past have had many memorable scary experiences. “My most memorable moment is when my cousin scared one of the workers while holding a chainsaw,” said Victoria Santiago. “Also, being chased around the theme park was

such a thrill. If you feel like you would love the atmosphere and scare, Halloween Horror Nights is a way to go.” This year’s Halloween Horror Nights event ran from September 24-25, September 30-October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, and continues to run from October 20-24 and 27-31, 2010. Advance tickets are on sale for $74.99. If you’re a Florida resident, you can save and take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass. For tickets and event information, visit This is a very popular event, and tickets are expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets well in advance so that you are able to enjoy the fright.

Sunday Dinner began with the transparent prayer that two individuals’ unique abilities and hobbies would be used to impact the community around them. Shawn Cook and Stephanie Garrison are two Southeastern alumni who hope to see the world affected by using shortterm ministry tactics to achieve long-term goals. The ambitious pair evaluated their strengths, discovering that Cook’s abilities lay in building community and engaging genuine relationships, whereas Garrison’s lay in entertaining and hospitality. Combining their visions, Garrison opened her home in July of 2008 to promote community and provide six people with a meal and fellowship. The initial dinner gained merit and soon became a weekly tradition. By August, the campus of Southeastern became aware of the tradition and soon the numbers began to grow, reaching 112 guests at its peak. “Sunday Dinner currently exists as an organic community focused on pursuing Christ together as a family,” said Garrison. Cook and Garrison developed

their mission statement using the model found in Acts chapter 2, which promotes an ideal community of believers. Sunday Dinner has initiated fellowship and increased authentic community in Lakeland. Garrison describes the group as a family, built on principles of compassion and humility, eager to offer prayer or wisdom openly to anyone who is in need. “We are dedicated to following the biblical principles of community, which include praying together, eating together, living life together and changing the world together,” said Garrison. Dinner is provided for a meager $3 donation. “I remember one specific night in April of 2009 when someone asked for prayer,” said Shawn Cook. “From that evening the bond of a ‘family’ was established. And that’s exactly what Sunday Dinner is.” Sunday Dinner is held every Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Shawn Cook’s home (2280 Coventry Ave, Lakeland). If you are interested in joining the Sunday Dinner family, become a member of the Sunday Dinner Facebook group to receive messages and updates concerning upcoming events.

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Upper Left: Painted in the blacklight, David Cook bears the logo of this year’s FireFall - Life. PHOTO: Trent Bamberry Middle Left: Seth Ready and the Singers led beautiful nights of worship on Thursday and Tuesday night. PHOTO: Trent Bamberry Above: Students expressing their worship through art at the canvases set up in the cafe. PHOTO: ANNALEE COLE Bottom Left: A student kneels over the giant planting box, a station where students could plant a seed that symbolized their dreams. PHOTO : ANNALEE COLE Squares: Several of the stations avaliable for student worship including communion, a prayer wall, and journaling. PHOTO: ANNALEE COLE Below: FX Member adds rhythm to a night of worship at FireFall. PHOTO: MAISIE KATTERHENRY

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“The thing that most sticks out to me from all the nights was the fact that we got to pray for each other. Some people just needed prayer and it was good to be able to do it.”

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2010 ARTS& WORSHIP Above: The offerings at FireFall were part of The Rescue Project, going toward Project Hope in Los Angeles to help women in the sex trade. Over $10,000 was given. PHOTO: MELODY ADAMS Lower Right: Fiat Lux leads the offertory. PHOTO: ANNALEE COLE Left: Students worship at FIre Fall. PHOTO: MAISE KATTERHENRY Below: Speaker Goodie Goodlow of Mosaic Church in LA speaks emphatically to the student body. PHOTO: GARY KIMLER Squares: Journaling and habdwashing stations. Below, one of the baptisms that took place Tuesday night. PHOTOS: MAISE KATTERHENRY



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By Leah Corbett

Terra Rises to New Fame By Adrian Garza

From humble beginnings as a hometown worship band, the 3-year-old group Terra Terra Terra has now become a nationally known act. The band consists of five members: frontman/rhythm guitarist Loren Russell, lead guitarist Ethan Brewington, bassist Tim Anderson, drummer Orion Torres, and synth player Jon Dye. Russell is the only remaining member of the original band, but all of the others are more than capable of picking up where the previous members have left off. The guys all met through school and playing in church worship bands together. “We just decided on doing something semi-secular, and a little bit more rock-y, and not just worship,” said Russell. “Then we got out of high school, and came out of our church, and just kept touring and kept playing shows until it just elevated to the level it got to.” Of the five Lakeland natives, Brewington is currently a Southeastern student. “I’m a freshman and I commute,” he said. “I’m in the music business program, emphasizing in performance.” As to the meaning behind their name, Russell said that Terra means something to the five of them, but he doesn’t want to impose a meaning on the listeners. “I really would like to see what it means to the other people,” he said. “We’re kind of like Lovedrug in the way that I don’t think Lovedrug has ever gone out and said what their name actually meant. “Having been inspired by various things, Terra doesn’t forget their main influence: their fans. “Our number one influence is our fans,” said Dye. “We really love our fans. We follow them and we do our best to keep them going with us strong.” “We know we’re blessed and we know people out there are what make it happen,” said Russell. As for what influences the sound, Russell cites a pretty wide variety, including Lovedrug, Muse, Killers, Lydia, Brand New, Copeland and the

indie scene as a whole. “I think everything we listen to plays a part in what we do,” said Russell. “I have to be careful of what’s in my CD player, what’s in my iPod. Just because everything I listen to, even Garth Brooks, somehow gets in my head and I think ‘Oh! We can do that!’” If somebody had to pigeon-hole their sound to a genre, however, the most accurate response would be ambient indie pop. “I think ambience has got to be the first thing that I always put in there,” said Russell. “I love the fact that we’ve always kind of stuck true to our ambience.” Their roots as a Christian worship band also play a part in their style. “It definitely affects everything we do,” said Russell. “It shapes everything we do as far as lyrical content.” Since their beginning and first album three years ago, Terra has truly come into their own, bursting onto the mainstream scene with MTV circulation and even a song on Rock Band. “It’s really cool, but I don’t think we’re anywhere near the level that we could be. I don’t think we’ve reached potential at all,” said Russell. “I think we’re only running at half speed right now.” One of the things that will hopefully propel them to that potential is the release of their new album and upcoming tour. “For this next tour, we’re focusing primarily on churches and churches only,” said Russell. Their upcoming album is more trendy and Russell is excited for people to get familiar with that sound. Life isn’t all music and sunshine however. The guys are all are working day jobs in addition to school and Terra, which they all agree is rough. “Everybody’s got bills and everybody’s got responsibilities. But it makes it that much more rewarding when you have people commenting on your Facebook saying, ‘Man, I can’t wait until your new album’s out’ or ‘I can’t wait to see you guys in a show,’” said Russell. “The payoff is a lot bigger because we’re taking and sacrificing time out of our lives to make Terra happen. Between the pre-production of a new album, and gearing up for a winter tour, the guys of Terra Terra Terra sure are busy, but with the help of their fans, there’s no plan to stop their rise to the top.

If you wander around the campus of Southeastern, you will probably see many students busily typing away on a laptop computer, and that computer is either a Mac or a PC. And the reasons why a student chooses one or the other vary. “I have a PC, and I prefer it mostly because of cost, and because they’re what I grew up with, so I’m used to them,” said Brandi Hall. Most students who own a PC agree with Hall’s sentiment. The lower cost of PCs is one of the most common reasons that students buy them. Another popular reason is that they are normally considered more user-friendly. “I really like my PC,” said junior Kelly Wood. “It is simple and easy to use and the battery lasts.” Other students who have PCs do not necessarily prefer them. Sophomore Carly Marconi currently owns a PC but is saving up

to buy a MAC. “I like MACs better even though they are complicated to understand at first,” said Marconi. “They seem to be able to do more and have simpler commands and shortcuts.” Not all students think that PCs are simpler to use than MACs. Junior Christina Sara finds Macs to be much easier to use and said that they usually work better. “I don’t feel like it’s controlling or limiting me,” said Sara. “I feel like it’s actually a tool instead of the other way around.” Many students agree with Sara that MACs are a great tool. Senior Jon DeMeo loves to do graphic design, so his MAC fits his lifestyle perfectly. The most common reason given why students prefer MACs is that they are considered to be bettermade computers. Senior Chad Ainsworth thinks that MACs are made with better material than PCs. He also believes that MAC freeze or crash less

frequently. “MACs are made from top to bottom with only the highest quality materials and aesthetic design as well as powerful function,” said Ainsworth. “PCs are made with cheap plastic materials that are highly susceptible to breakage within the first six months of use.” Lately, there has been speculation on whether or not Apple, the company that makes MACs, will overtake Microsoft, the company that makes PCs, with the new iPad. Most students do not believe that this will happen and think that Microsoft will just find something to compete with Apple’s iPad. However, Ainsworth believes that, within the next 10 years, Apple will surpass Microsoft with some of its other technology that is not yet released, such as the multitouch iMac. DeMeo does not believe that iPad will be much of a problem for Microsoft: “The iPad is just a gadget, not a computer yet.”


Benefit Concert Held to Help Those with Cystic Fibrosis By Michelle Paulino

Every year students on campus are told to “be salt” in our community. We are challenged to find new and inventive ways to give back to those in need. Recently we have gone without shoes and held buckets of water on our heads to raise money and awareness for organizations. A new way to reach out to those in need is came to Southeastern on October 19. Southeastern senior Karim Belle rose to the challenge by organizing a benefit concert to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Belle, 24, said, “I wanted to have a benefit concert specifi-

cally on the Southeastern campus because I felt that our generation needs to be aware of challenges that people face inside as well as outside of our community.” CF (Cystic Fibrosis) affects the lives of children and adults worldwide. It’s an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system with thick sticky mucus. In 2005, the life expectancy of a person with CF increased to their mid-30s. “I believe that on college campuses like Southeastern a passion will be put into our generation to come up with solutions to many of the problems that earlier generations have faced,” said Belle. On October 19th, a benefit

concert was held in Bush Chapel at 8 p.m., and doors opened at 7:30 p.m. The line-up included La Familia, CPR, Karim Belle, and other featured artists. “I really wanted the concert to have a broad genre of music because I wanted there to be something for everyone,” explained Belle. If the music doesn’t draw you in, the raffle prizes did. There were two Disney Park Hopper tickets given away, among several other prizes. Tickets were on sale for $2 or $3 dollars depending on when you bought them. With great music, prizes and a cause that can help change lives, this was a helpful event for people in need.

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Paying More for 3D By Leah Corbett

After a long week of work and school, many students look forward to seeing a movie in the theater on weekends. Currently, there is a growing trend of alternative movie showings in either normal 2D or in Digital 3D. Some movies that are currently offered in both ways are Resident Evil: Afterlife and Alpha and Omega. However, 3D movies cost more to see. Normal movie tickets cost $9, while 3D movie tickets cost $12. The question is, are students from Southeastern University willing to pay more for a 3D experience? A good number of students enjoy 3D films and are willing to pay more for them. “I am willing to pay extra for 3D movies, and for the most part, I love the effects,� said Brandi Hall, a junior. The majority of students enjoy

how immersive Digital 3D movies are. It makes them feel as if they are in the movie and in the middle of the action. Most students do not go see a 3D film just because it is in 3D. They will only go and pay extra if it’s a movie they had already wanted to see. “I’m willing to pay extra for a 3D movie, if it is one that I am interested in,� said junior Kelly Wood. Megan Floyd likes to go to 3D movies, but not all the time. “It’s only something I want to do sometimes,� said Floyd. “If I do it all the time, it will lose its effect.� Not all of the students enjoy 3D films, however. Junior Christina Sara does not like 3D movies, and she especially dislikes the 3D glasses that must be worn. “[I] don’t like to feel that real in a movie experience,� said Sara.

Senior Stephen Gesinski and several other students agree with Sara that they do not like to feel like they are inside the movie. They are definitely not willing to pay more for that movie ticket. “The beauty of film is the fact that you can be separated from the action,� said Gesinski. For some students, 3D movies do not seem that different from normal movies. Furthermore, 3D movies have unpleasant effects on them. “I am not willing to pay more for 3D movies because I do not feel that 3D makes much of a difference,� said sophomore Carly Marconi. “Plus, I get a headache, and it costs more.� Whether or not Southeastern students will pay more for 3D movies, they believe that the trend of 3D movies is here to stay. “In the future, I think all movies will be 3D,� said Wood.

To Save a Life Movie Review By Nicole O’Beid

When Jake Tyler’s childhood friend shoots himself in their high school, Jake’s world crumbles. He begins to question the way he’s been living his life. To complicate matters, serious issues arise with his girlfriend and parents. Despite the scenarios the film presents, several of the students come together to encourage school unity among their peers. Even though it is a “Christian film,� To Save a Life is significantly less corny than many recent Christian films. It’s rated PG-13 for “mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality� (MPAA). It covers many topics Christians tend to avoid, and while I do not approve of these things, they made the movie more realistic and the characters more human. The movie doesn’t portray people that are cookie-cutter Christians, which was refreshing. Teens and young adults live in a rough world today. To Save a Life aims to give hope to those at the end of their rope. The soundtrack features several

artists who are not well known; the most popular band featured is Superchick with their song “Hero.� The L.A. Times calls To Save a Life “appealing, poignant, and inspiring.� This movie will urge you to reach out to the castaways of our society and will leave your mind reeling with the question that Jake demands of his youth group: “What’s the point of all this if we don’t let it change us?� SP Extra

To Save a Life, starring Randy Wayne (The Dukes of Hazard: The Beginning, 2007), Sean Michael Afable (Akeela and the Bee, 2006), Steven Crowder (The Covenant, 2006), and Bubba Lewis (Weather Girl, 2008), is a Christian film that opened January 22, 2010 in select theaters. It came out on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 3, 2010.








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Ministry DAs Leading Students in Prayer By Mandee Winter

It’s fall at Southeastern University. Students are partway through the semester, Fire Fall has ignited a longing for a deeper level of spiritual intimacy, and midterms are on their way. What’s different? Discipleship assistants are hoping a passion that lingers long after Fire Fall will distinguish Southeastern from previous semesters. DAs expressed their desire that fall term 2010 will be transformative at Southeastern University, distinguished by a commitment to prayer, a strong community among dorms, and an urgency to go deeper in the Lord than ever before. Students in each dorm have volunteered to take the position of discipleship assistant, offering their contact information for students when they need prayer or someone to listen. They have also initiated prayer groups in each dorm, meeting various days throughout the week to encourage a sense of community and discipline to prayer. “I hope that God will use me to minister to girls through prayer and devotions,” said Emily Godzich, one of four Aventura DAs. “I think by creating an openness between the girls and lifting each other up in prayer that the girls will feel a new sense of community and in turn draw closer to God as a body.” Aventura has three organized prayer groups throughout the week – Mondays at 9 p.m., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the Aventura courtyard. The prayer groups in all of the dorms were created to increase a sense of intimacy, build connections between the students, and encourage students to intercede for the campus. “I believe that this can really bond girls together who need prayer or are going through a tough



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time,” said Godzich. “I believe that DAs can be there for the extra support during tough times. I am hoping to help girls find a place where they feel comfortable to share what’s on the heart and the visions that they have for their lives.” Many DAs have spent afternoons going door-to-door in the various dorms, meeting the students and offering their phone numbers in case the students need to contact them. How are the students responding to the introduction of DAs? Sophomore Katia Cortes Pagan said, “It makes me feel better to know that I have people supporting me in prayer.” “I think the DAs will be a wonderful asset to community life in the dorms,” said junior Amy Wesley. Even though they are leading the dorms spiritually and creating deeper community, the fact that the DAs are also Southeastern students has not been overlooked. “I think it is a very valuable addition to our Southeastern University experience to have our peers lead us into the Throne room of God on a regular basis,” said junior Theresa Cummings. Over the next few weeks, DAs plan to kick-start the prayer groups with Bible studies and an intense passion for revival on campus.

DSF Offers Arts & Faith


The Department of Spiritual Formation (DSF) offered a way for students to express artistic abilities and kicked off a week long fast. Worship and chapel are familiar words at a Christian university, but students are seldom aware of all the various worship opportunities DSF has created. While many Southeasterners may be familiar with Hunger and Thirst, not everyone is aware of the Arts and Faith experience. Annalee Cole, who is a member of Arts and Faith, believes that expressing one’s artistic abilities and worship have much in common. “A lot of people in the student body feel like they can’t participate in arts and faith but everybody can participate in arts and faith in some way,” Cole said. To provide an opportunity for everyone to express their creative side, Arts and Faith is currently hosting an art competition where students can submit their work online to seuartsandfaith.wordpress. com. The categories include manipulated and photoshopped photos, RAW photos that have in no way been altered or edited, film, and graphics. “Arts and Faith is an outlet trying to bring art into different aspects of what we do on campus,” said Cole. Although she personally doesn’t paint, Cole wants to provide the students with an opportunity to express themselves in any way they are gifted. “Art is a gift from God and I have a real passion for it,” said Cole. Arts and Faith will also be hosting an open-mic night where students can read poetry, sing, or share other things they want to. Cole is excited about the next Worship on a Canvas event. “Worship on a Canvas is a time for people to come out for prayer,

Shoes at the first Hunger and Thirst event. STAFF PHOTO: VALERIY GUY and we will also have canvases for placed in front of God,” said Lindpeople to paint,” she said. berg. Although the location hasn’t “Usually Hunger and Thirst is been determined for Worship on experiential but this week it’s bare a Canvas yet, Cole is looking bones. Since Fire Fall is just around forward to the event. The winners the corner we don’t want to take of the current art competition will away from that,” said Lindberg. be announced at the event and their Lindberg is a sophomore and artwork will be displayed there as got involved in DSF last year. well. As a freshman volunteer she did The leaders of Arts and Faith everything that needed to be done would like to hear from students on at Hunger and Thirst. how they wish to express them“My role as a freshman was just selves. doing anything I could help with, “Get plugged in and ask queslike stacking chairs,” said Lindberg. tions,” said Cole. “We need more The next event will take place ideas from people, and we want October 25 and Lindberg hopes people to give us ideas and tell us to make a special event just for what we could do.” seniors. There are many alternative “I really want to do one for chapel experiences offered to stuseniors because they are graduating dents. There is ReNew off-campus and leaving. We have these events chapel which meets in the evefor freshmen coming in and we nings at Mitchell’s Coffee House need to have them for seniors going every Tuesday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. out,” said Lindberg. Encounter Chapel takes place at 9 The event usually takes place in a.m. in Johnson Chapel, and HunBush Chapel, but Lindberg plans to ger and Thirst happens monthly. make one outside next to the Jesus Hunger and Thirst kicked off the Fountain once the weather cools. week-long fast in order to prepare The main focus of Hunger and for Fire Fall. Naida Lindberg, the Thirst is to provide opportunities leader of Hunger and Thirst, exfor students to engage in worship. plained the idea behind the Detox “The heart of hunger and theme. thirst has always been just prov“We’re kicking off the weeking opportunities for students to long fast before Fire Fall so the encounter God through prayer and idea behind detox is to purify worship, that’s always been it,” said ourselves of anything that we have Lindberg.

Helping Southeastern Find Joy By Christina Harden

Good music isn’t hard to find with the Joy FM, a Christian radio station here in Central Florida. With all the latest Christian bands, songs, interviews and contests available through this station it’s not hard to see why their slogan is “Helping you find joy.” Jeff MacFarlane, general manager of Joy FM said, “Our purpose is to encourage people and strengthen the Church through contemporary Christian music media.” But the Joy FM’s impact spreads much further than its radio waves. This radio station is leaving a mark for Christ on the state of Florida and its ministries that students can easily participate in. For the past two years, The Joy FM has hosted a bike-a-thon to raise money and awareness for the homeless in our com-

munity. Named “Bike Ride for the Homeless,” this outreach has raised over $50,000 for local homeless shelters each year. The Joy FM also helps with the “Celebration of Life” blood drive held each holiday season for the last 25 years. Each November the station encourages its listeners to help collect turkeys to provide food banks and homeless shelters with enough Thanksgiving meals for the needy families they support. But the station doesn’t stop at the Florida Coast. Through the months of August and September, The Joy FM collected over 27,000 pairs of shoes from its loyal listeners and placed them on the feet of orphans in Guatemala on a trip lead by radio host Carmen Brown and the band Mikeschair. Thousands of young lives have been touched by this ministry, and the Gospel is being fulfilled in the lives of these often forgotten and neglected children. This is the first

time that some of these children have seen the love of Christ play out in their lives. The Joy FM also helps support ministries like “Project Go” which is working to bring water filters to Guatemala and benefit concerts for “Hold on to Haiti.” The station also takes missions trips to India for the “Homes of Hope for India” project, which is helping the people still affected by the 2004 tsunami. Not what you’d typically expect from a radio station, but God doesn’t normally call Christians to do typical things. Completely listener supported, the Joy FM is an instrument God has used time and time again. So just how many are being touched? “Considering the ripple effect from these kinds of outreach, that is difficult to measure,” said MacFarlane. And it is true. Miraculous things are taking place through this radio ministry, and it’s largely in part due to the listeners. But there is a lot that can

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be done for this ministry besides sending money. MacFarlane stressed that prayer is essential for the organization as well as getting the word out. The station’s online prayer center allows listeners to pray for one another and help uplift the Christian community. There are many volunteer and outreach opportunities for anyone interested in helping reach the hurting people in Florida or even around the world. To find out more about these events and projects visit their website ‘’ and tune in at 89.5.

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People Commentary: Ashcroft Inspires Many in Speeches By Kati-Jane Burdzel

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped on the grounds of Southeastern University and delivered not only his speech but his character as well. “John Ashcroft is one of the best examples of how Christian faith and service in government fit together,” Dr. Alan K. Snyder, the coordinator of Constitution & Citizenship Day on campus. “He was able to maintain his integrity throughout his time as governor, senator, and attorney general.” Ashcroft is a great example of a Christian leader and civil servant, and his talk touched on topics of faith, government, and service. In his speech, Ashcroft presented astounding examples of why America is indebted to our original foundation and told students that we should value who we are and where we come from. “God is the granter of freedom and the contour of freedom,” Mr.

Ashcroft stated. “Freedom is the chemical that gives us potential – American potential. . . it is America’s catalyst.” Undoubtedly, his knowledge of God and the law–and a witty skill of humor as well–impacted the students as well as faculty. His message to the students in chapel covered various topics: freedom and rights come only from God, not from government. Government’s job is merely to secure what God has already given. Many students agree that John Ashcroft was a man of faith, intelligence, precision, and even “enlightening.” Later, during Q & A, he was open to any questions, and was very wise in his answers. Dr. Snyder emphasized the truth of Ashcroft’s words. “He stressed in the Q & A session that the decisions we make in life are significant; our choices are what give life its meaning,” said Dr. Snyder. “We have meaningful lives only by aligning ourselves

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with what God has called us to be.” While the room was buzzing with questions, Mr. Ashcroft even drew an illustration of how the government should uphold the

Professor Survives Cancer By Faith Uppal

This semester, Southeastern University welcomes back English professor Dr. Linda Linzey after a year of being away. “God’s timing was wonderful when it came to returning to SEU,” said Linzey. She was asked to return this past spring by Dr. Rickey Cotton, head of the English and Foreign Languages Department. “After praying about it, my husband and I agreed that it was what God wanted and now here I am teaching full time,” she said. “It feels like home again.” Linzey grew up in Orange County, California. Even though she was born in the Midwest, she considers California to be her home. Linzey has always had a passion for English. Her favorite authors include Dickens and Bronte and she is especially fond of the novel, Jane Eyre. “I’ve always loved reading books,” she said. Linzey went to Vanguard University, an Assemblies of God college in Southern California, where she studied English as an undergrad. “I went to a Bible college because I felt called to ministry,” she said. At Vanguard, she met her husband Paul, who is currently stationed in Puerto Rico as an Army chaplain. The couple shares a strong love for ministry and pastored a church together for 25 years

in Encinitas, California. They have three sons who are all grown and married. “We have always been a close family,” said Linzey. Due to Paul’s line of work, Linzey and her family were required to move often. The first state they relocated to was Utah, where Linzey received her doctorate degree in British Literature at the University of Utah. The Linzeys moved to Florida in 2007 and discovered that Southeastern had an open teaching position. “My husband and I both had a sense that it was God’s leading and this was where I belonged,” she said. Linzey spent two years at SEU until moving to Kentucky with her husband in 2009. Shortly after the move, Linzey went to a yearly checkup where the doctor discovered a cancerous lump. “They found [the cancer] in stage one which was very good,” said Linzey. “However, since it was an aggressive cancer, chemotherapy was needed.” Linzey was very grateful to be with her husband during this difficult time. “He is often away and to have him near was truly God’s timing,” she said. Even with loved ones close to her, Linzey continued to struggle with her fight against cancer. “I didn’t feel close to God,” said Linzey. “I felt like He had no idea what was happening to me.”

law, instead of interpreting it, on a whiteboard. He drew a horizontal line, with large gaps above and below it. The two areas represented how the law is enforced in some

areas, and in others it is the will of the people to use their own judgment. “[John Ashcroft] is a man of God who deserves our respect,” said Dr. Snyder.

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Through her hardship, however, Linzey has been given the opportunity to help others. “We all face difficult times in our lives,” said Linzey. “It really does open doors for ministry.” Individuals have been able to approach her and share similar experiences they have gone through. It’s been a wonderful reminder to her of how to reach out to others. Linzey is very glad to be back at SEU and plans on teaching here until she retires. “To care about [students] as whole people and get them excited about reading and writing—that’s what I love,” she said. Her classes include English Composition I and II, Intro to Literature and British Literature. She plans on teaching a new class next semester called Before Narnia: the Bible in British Literature. Even though this past year has been challenging in many ways, Dr. Linzey said she has learned through her experience. “It has been a constant reminder that my faith is based on what I know of God, not of what happens to me, therefore no matter what happens to me, God is faithful.”

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Tracy Lewis, a graduate from Southeastern University’s Class of 1994 has published her first book, The Truth About Angels: Hollywood vs. The Bible. Lewis, having earned her bachelor’s degree, master’s of divinity, and Ph.D., was proud to release her first book in June of 2009. Lewis says that she has been a writer for as long as she can remember. “When I was a teenager, I used to journal a lot,” said Lewis. Lewis spent about five years working on this book and it’s directed towards Hollywood producers who do not understand the truth about angels and God, and therefore insult God with their productions. “With every new movie, a new section was added to my book,” Lewis said. The Truth about Angels: Hollywood vs.The Bible addresses popular movies which feature erroneous interpretations of angels. Lewis uses the Bible to consider this non-factual information and replace it with truth. “I simply want the truth about God and His magnificent angels to be made known to those who uphold it,” Lewis said. This book is designed for people who are wondering what kinds of movies depict angels erroneously, those who want to know the truth about angels, and those who want to explore the Bible for descriptions of angels. “A lot of adults believe wrong,” said Lewis, “so I wrote the book from a basic theological basis.” This differed from

other books about angels, which Lewis said are usually written from personal experiences. Lewis let God guide her throughout the process of writing this book. “God is my source of inspiration,” said Lewis. “Whenever I write, the topics are always issues or topics close to my heart. This inspires me to keep writing.” Lewis served as a youth pastor for about nine years and is currently the principal of a Christian school in Tulsa, OK. She spends a great deal of time working with youth. “Thinking like a youth pastor, I wrote the book at a basic level that is an easy read for youth,” said Lewis. Lewis has included Bible studies in the back of the book to be used by those who aspire to be leaders. “Southeastern [University] gave me a great foundation and I will stand up for the Word of God over anything else, said Lewis.

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Sports SEU Student Living in the Fast Lane

Women’s Soccer Team Is Contender for NAIA Title By KIRSTEN MASER

By Steph schroepfer

Living in the fast lane isn’t just a metaphor for his lifestyle: it’s his job. Pete McIntosh, Southeastern senior, has been a sponsored Gran Turismo race car driver and private race coach since April of this year and plans on building a career out of it. McIntosh drives Corvettes, Vipers, Porsches, BMWs, and Mustangs around a winding track approximately 24 times a year, competing in two 14-race series. This type of sports car racing, also known as road racing, is about endurance and who can get the best time. McIntosh is currently in the top of his league and his big race is the last weekend of October in Millville, New Jersey. The competition is graded in a points system and McIntosh is in the lead. “If I win this, I win it all,” he said. With this experience early on in life, McIntosh sees a future with racing. Planning for the long-term, he’s getting his marketing degree from Southeastern University. “Race cars are driving billboards. I can become a marketing consultant for a race team, [but] after graduation, I plan on going pro and seeing how far I can go,” said McIntosh. McIntosh began racing as a hobby and a bonding experience with his father, who races as

well. For his 17th birthday, his dad took him to the track and his first time around was clocked at 178 mph. His first sponsor was one of his suppliers, when he was just racing for fun. The supplierturned-sponsor became curious about McIntosh, checked out his records, and was impressed. Not only is McIntosh racing the cars, but he is also a personal coach to drivers in and out of his league. His sponsor has also hired him to share the secrets to successful and careful driving with his colleagues. For now, he is balancing school work and traveling, as the races are held up and down the East Coast. How does he keep up with schoolwork and a social life as race car driver? “Easily. I travel and do no balancing,” he laughed. “No, just kidding. I get it done. I just don’t stress about it.” The whole family supports his endeavors. “My parents are involved. They worry but they don’t freak out,” McIntosh said. “Dad races. Step-dad races. Mom watches and the dog barks. Some kids only get as far as playing with Hot Wheels or watching a NASCAR race, but this young man is pursuing a birthday present that became a dream for a future. McIntosh had a race the weekend of October 2, and is gearing up for his big race back home in New Jersey at the end of the month.

Southeastern’s 2010 Women’s soccer team is a definite contender for the NAIA title this season. Winning a majority of their games so far, the Lady Fire has a dominating momentum that cannot seem to be stopped. Carrying a 23-player roster, head coach Dominic Stross has a pool of strength and power to choose from in addition to the raw talent these players already possess. Along with the returning players, a number of new athletes have been added to the line-up. “This year’s recruiting class is the strongest we have seen,” said Stross. The dynamic duo‒Lindsay Lowe and Andrea Polite‒are two transfer students who both came from Schoolcraft College in Michigan. Stross landed a packaged deal as these two players have already contributed greatly to the team’s existing success. Stross also picked up an additional transfer student and six new freshmen. Perhaps Stross’s foundational blocks for the team could be seen as a vital asset to the many victories already procured. “We intentionally spend a lot of time doing ‘non-soccer stuff’ which we believe helps to unite the team by building relationships in a family-like atmosphere instead of a job-like environment,” said Stross. Freshman Anna Hall stated something similar. “It really is a family. It’s easy to click on the field because we’re so close off the field,” said Hall. Transfer sophomore Ally Larese feels right at home with the team. When asked how the team took her in she stated, “It was like I’ve never been away from them,” said Larese. “These are immediate friendships.” The difficulties of joining a new team didn’t faze her. As the season has progressed, there have been many highlighted moments that have solidified the team’s comradere. Coach Stross hones in on one in particular. “We went to the Smokey

HEATHER JOHNSON How long have you been playing volleyball? I have been playing volleyball for 11 years. What is your favorite part about playing at SEU? I love Coach Terry. He is the most unique yet amazing coach anyone could ask for. He is inspirational and uplifting. He not

only focuses on getting us better at volleyball, but he pushes us to be better and more successful in life. What is your favorite memory/ memories playing sports at SEU? I loved all of the road trips/Jesus times we would have. Although traveling is tiresome, God never ceased to amaze me. He would always show up in our devotionals and do amazing things. Our unity has come from being centered on Christ. And because of that, I know I have built life-long friendships. What are your goals for your final year in SEU sports? I want to leave this sports program knowing that I spoke life into the girls on my team. This has been such a wonderful opportunity and I want to go out giving all that I have both on the court and off.

Mountains in North Carolina and stayed in very rustic cabins,” said Stross. “It was a ‘boot camp’ like experience with a heavy emphasis on spiritual formation.” Not only do the players focus on playing a collegiate sport, but they also get the chance to build their character. Not only is Stross’s team talented, but they are filled with integrity and focus. Senior Kristina Pauls stated, “It is a Christ-centered team.” As far as the goals of the season, Stross said, “The main goal of our program is to glorify God. One of our team mottos is ‘beauseant’ which loosely translates to ‘be glorious.’” Our soccer specific goal is to qualify for the Sun Conference Tournament by finishing in the top four of the league standings.” From an individual standpoint, Junior Jessica Lauber has another goal in mind as well. “I want to continue to improve but at the same time not lose sight that soccer is a fun activity to do,” she said. The opposing teams in the conference have no hold over the Lady Fire. The team’s current record very clearly demonstrates this. One of their biggest challenges in the upcoming conference is from the other side of the Sunshine State. “Embry-Riddle University from Daytona, Florida, won the league

Freshman Jessica Crowe heads the ball. Staff Photo: kirsten maser

and conference tournament titles last year,” explained Stross. “They beat us 3-4 last year. Regardless of last year’s upset, the Lady Fire has such a widerange of ideal qualities that make them an unbeatable team on the field as well as off the field. Be sure to catch the team in action.



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SEU Lady Fire hudles up before a game. Staff Photo: Kristen legg

John Allison How long have you been playing soccer? Since I was 4, so about 17 years. What is your favorite part about playing at SEU? I know that while playing at SEU I am growing in not only soccer but in my spiritual walk too. The family-like feeling that is represented and displayed here is

like no other experience. What is your favorite memory playing sports at SEU? I remember my junior year having a split schedule of NAIA teams and NCCAA teams. Each week we continued to get better and played hard but still couldn’t produce a win. Even though we gave it everything we had and still couldn’t pull off a win each game, I knew that there was more to soccer than those wins. This is a memory that I have that shows the team’s growth and persistence no matter the score. What are your goals for your final year in SEU sports? I want to bring the best I have to the team as a player (on the field) and a teammate (off the field). I want to challenge the team spiritually and be there in any situation.

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